Archive for the ‘Wine Places’ Category

Sep 15, 2018

The Future of Wine

There is a somewhat obscure field called “Future Studies” by some, “Futurology” by others. It’s not science fiction. The Wikipedia entry on the issue describes Futurology this way: “the study of postulating possible, probable, and preferable futures and the worldviews and myths that underlie them. In general, it can be considered as a branch of the social sciences and parallel to the field of history. Futures studies seeks to understand what is likely to continue and what could plausibly change. Part of the discipline thus…

Aug 16, 2018

Wine Journalists Get Their Due

By Alan Goldfarb At a wine tasting many years ago, a man walked up to wine journalist Bob Thompson and stuck a glass in his face and exclaimed, “Do you like this?” Thompson, the wine columnist for the Hearst San Francisco Examiner at the time, went to the paper’s editor the next morning, and quit. The man with the glass, Thompson said, “Wanted me to tell him if he liked the wine. I wanted to be the guy who showed…

May 3, 2018

The Last Word On The Fate of Napa Valley Agriculture and Politics

While I can’t speak for other industries, I can say that when controversy reigns over an issue within the wine industry, it is rare that partisans on either side of the issue make a comprehensive case for their position. You can’t say that anymore about the battle over Napa Valley’s Measure C, an initiative on the June ballot that pits Nimbys, opportunists, and fact-deficient moralists on one side against rational, liberty-loving, pro-agriculture partisans on the other in a battle to…

May 1, 2018

The Best Thing To Happen To Napa Wine Country In Ages

There are so many good reasons to base your Napa Valley visit in the City of Napa. But now there is one more: Professional Baseball. Yes, professional baseball. And it’s awesome. Beginning on May 31 the Napa Silverados will embark upon their first season as a member of the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs. It’s an independent league, with teams in the surrounding area unassociated with Major League teams. The Silverados will be playing teams from Martinez, Pittsburg, San…

Feb 17, 2018

Underground Sonoma

My favorite wine event are small wine event. I don’t mean small venues. I mean a smaller number of wineries; a manageable number of wineries; a number small enough that you can spend time with them all. It’s also a bonus if you are talking about wineries that are small, minimal production, hands-on, newish wineries. That’s why I’m bringing your attention to Sonoma Underground. • Fifteen Wineries • February 24, 2-5pm • At Longboard Vineyards in Headsburg, CA • $49 in…